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Walking Holidays in Japan
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Japan Walking Tours

Our Best Hiking Tours in Japan

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Japan's Kumano Kodo

Walking Holidays in Japan
14 Days from USD 9,148
USD 8,700

Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)

Walk Japan's ancient pilgrimage routes along the Kumano Kodo

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Walk the Kumano Kodo

Walking Holidays in Japan
11 Days from USD 5,555

Self-Guided Holidays (Incl. Taxes)

Enjoy spectacular scenery along the ancient Japanese pilgrimage route of the Kumano Kodo

Walking & Trekking

Shikoku Pilgrimage Trail

Walking Holidays in Japan
11 Days from USD 5,675

Self-Guided Holidays (Incl. Taxes)

This spiritual journey along the Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage visits some of the trail's 88 Buddhist temples

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Walk the Nakasendo Trail

Walking Holidays in Japan
11 Days from USD 5,615

Self-Guided Holidays (Incl. Taxes)

Follow the historic pilgrimage of the Nakasendo Trail, with Kyoto & Tokyo at either end of the trip

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5 of the Best Places to Explore on Hiking Tours in Japan

Tokyo: The intriguing capital of Japan is a bustling metropolis where contrasts of old and new are everywhere you look. Ultra-modern architecture pierces the neon-lit skyline and history courses through the walls of temples, shrines and palaces. This a city where technology and modern culture rub shoulders with the past in an extraordinary fashion. And we can’t forget to mention the food scene too, as top-class sushi restaurants compete with Japanese street food stalls, inviting you to experience the vibrant East Asian flavours. We’d highly recommend visiting the Japanese gardens, Sensoji Temple, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building for a night-time view of the illuminated skyscrapers.

Kyoto: Fusing ornate temples, traditional teahouses and gardens filled with cherry blossom, Kyoto is a mesmerising city. Throughout Kyoto, there are approximately 2,000 shrines and temples where you can witness religious architecture and zen gardens. Just moments from this tranquillity, Downtown Kyoto buzzes with local artisans, world-class restaurants and shops, while Central Kyoto is home to the impressive Imperial Palace and Nijo Castle. In the far west of the city, Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is one of the most photographed sights. Walking through these giant bamboo groves that tower above you is a sensational feeling and unlike the usual tree tunnels you’ll have seen before. 

Kumano Kodo: A walk along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route is an experience like no other and offers an insight into the nature, religion and authentic culture of Japan. Along this countryside trail, you’ll discover traditional villages, tumbling waterfalls and the ancient forest of the Kii Mountains, which leads to the famous Kumano shrine at Hongu. Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims, aristocrats and emperors who took this spiritual journey along centuries-old trails. Kumano Nachi Taisha is one of the three pilgrimage shrines that make up the UNESCO World Heritage Site and is famous for its spellbinding views, sacred waterfall and vermillion pagoda.

Nakasendo Trail: This ancient walking route connects modern-day Tokyo with Kyoto and runs for approximately 340 miles through the Central Mountains. Formerly used by travellers such as samurai, pilgrims and merchants, the trail is far less crowded today and offers an introduces you to the 17th-century history and spectacular scenery. This is a wonderful route for anyone that wants to escape the tourist crowd and bustling cities of Japan to explore the peaceful landscapes of forests, mountains and waterfalls.

Shikoku Pilgrimage Trail: Covering more than 1,000km, this epic trail meanders between 88 Buddhist temples on a spiritual journey once walked by Kobo Daishi, who dedicated his life to Buddha. The scenery along the route is remarkable and to this day pilgrims walk the Shikoku Trail to visit the temples. Our tour guides you to some of the most beautiful parts of the trail in Tokushima, Kagawa and Ehime where you’ll stay in traditional minshuku and ryokan and feast on authentic Japanese dishes.

Excellent walking over varied ground and in different environments, great accommodation and food and lovely hosts

Roderick Porter Walking in Andalucia

Lovely weather. Walks seemed more difficult than other grade 2’s I’ve done

Alan Staniforth Walking in North Cyprus

My husband and I took this first departure of 2024 in the first week of April, the weather was cool but sunny and the trip was fantastic. It was our first visit to Mallorca and a great introduction to the northwestern part of the island and this mountain range. There are several small towns, or villages, that you will visit on your hikes, including Soller, Puerto Soller, Deia, Lluc and others. Several of the hikes through olive groves and orange orchards had stunning mountain and sea views and were scented with orange blossoms as we hiked through. We were on a level 3 departure, graded so for the ascents, descents and rocky paths – be prepared for the rocks and bring your hiking boots and poles. The locations of both hotels in Puerto Soller and Lluc are excellent on this trip, so unique, and Lluc in particular, is so tranquil and scenic.

Laura Rendon-Morgan Walking in Mallorca